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PEMBROKE — The two-week prospect submitting period of time for the Nov. 9 Lumbee Tribe election ended Friday with a final depend of 15 people today vying for seats on the Lumbee Tribal Council and to occupy the place of work of tribal chairman.

Ron Oxendine, Corbin Eddings, John Lowery and Theresa Locklear will be on the ballot for the chairman seat presently occupied by Harvey Godwin Jr. Godwin is serving his second consecutive phrase, this means he is not suitable to seek reelection.

Locklear, a member of the Pembroke City Council, filed Friday for tribal chair.

In the course of her time as council member, she has delivered oversight for the town’s annual $7 million spending plan, strengthened partnerships with The College of North Carolina at Pembroke to guarantee expansion and achievement, expanded neighborhood relations though community occasions, and assisted with COVID-19 and catastrophe restoration initiatives, in accordance to info submitted to The Robesonian.

She also has served secure and oversee much more than $13 million in grant funding throughout term on the council, and has executed systems geared toward neighborhood involvement.

In addition to serving the town, Locklear has served on the Lumbee Tribe Supreme Court docket, Robeson County Pretrial Release Application board, Southeastern Household Violence Middle and Pembroke Housing Authority as chairperson.

Locklear has 21 a long time of encounter as an investigator with the Robeson County Public Defender’s Office, conducting in-depth research and demo planning, and was a certified clinical social worker.

She is the mom of two and has six grandchildren.

She is working on the platform “Preparing, Preserving, Guarding.”

Lowery submitted for tribal chairman on Wednesday and is hunting to make confident every voice is heard, in accordance to a launch submitted to The Robesonian.

Lowery put in the previous numerous months meeting with thousands of tribal users across the point out, according to the launch. Immediately after listening to their considerations, Lowery reported he’s managing to serve all Lumbee — not just the politically connected — and to battle for total federal recognition, a new drug rehab facility, development at the Lumbee Tribal Cultural Center, enlargement of 8(a) employment and corporations, enhanced elder and veteran products and services with a focus on health and fitness treatment, to advocate for fostering and adoption of tribe youth, cultural and historic preservation, increased travel and tourism, enhanced housing companies for all Lumbee Tribe users, and promotion of far better mental and bodily health treatment.

“Every one member of our tribe deserves to be read,” Lowery said. “I’m working to make sure the tribe performs for every person and to combat for the recognition and assets we should have.”

Lowery served on the Lumbee Tribal Council for 4 many years, representing District 5 (the Prospect and Wakulla communities) from 2006 to 2009 and was chairman of the Constitution and Ordinance, and Federal Recognition committees. For the duration of his tenure, Lowery voted to approve a Boys and Girls Club for District 5, which now serves as the Two Streams Community Making. He also secured rehabilitation cash for the Prospect Men’s Club and allotted funding in the price range for the Red Hill Flats Advanced group making.

Since his time on the Lumbee Tribal Council, Lowery has worked for the Nationwide Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C., served in the Office environment of Tribal Relations at the United States Office of Agriculture, served a short while ago as Regional Functions director for the North Carolina Office of Commerce, and labored with the Lumbee Tribe to employ a veteran consultant to assist Lumbee veterans with particular boundaries to employment. Lowery at this time serves as the Tribal Liaison for Carolina Full Overall health.

Early in his career, Lowery was a youth development specialist and a civics teacher with the General public Faculties of Robeson County.

He holds a Master of General public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in education and learning from UNCP, and a bachelor’s diploma in political science with a slight in American Indian Experiments from UNCP. He life in Lumberton with his spouse, Jessica, who is an educator with the Community Colleges of Robeson County, and their two youngsters, John II and Jenna.

Lowery is a founding board member of the Aged Principal STREAM Academy Charter University in Pembroke and at the moment serves as a board member of the Kiwanis of Robeson-Lumberton. He also is a board member of the Pembroke Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Robeson County Farm Bureau Security Committee.

Eddings, the latest vice chairman of the Lumbee Tribal Council, submitted Monday for tribal chairman.

According to biographical facts submitted to The Robesonian, he is the son of the late Randolph Eddings and Katheryn Brewington Eddings. Eddings has two brothers and a sister and will come from a relatives with a “storied record of army support.” He is married to his wife of 26 yrs, Misha Waltman Eddings. They have two sons, Kalen and Brant.

Eddings is a member and Sunday School teacher at Mt. Airy Baptist Church. He has been performing in the insurance policies industry for the earlier 21 a long time and opened Corbin Eddings Condition Farm Insurance plan Agency in April 2009.

Eddings is a member of the Pembroke Kiwanis Club and has earlier served on the board of directors for the Pembroke Area Chamber of Commerce and the Robeson Historical Drama Affiliation. He is a life time member of the Lumbee Warriors Veterans Affiliation and is the existing District 8 agent on the Lumbee Tribal Council, the place he has served as vice chairman considering the fact that 2019.

He is an active council member, serving on the next committees: Housing, Economic Advancement, Federal Recognition, Finance, Education, and Ethics. Throughout his time on the Tribal Council, Eddings is most happy to have supported the initiatives to begin stay streaming Council meetings, financial reporting specifications, the renovations of the Lumbee Cultural Center, bringing again “Strike at the Wind!”, tribal scholarships, Instructional Housing vouchers, opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and the advancement of the Disaster Restoration System.

“I have served this tribe throughout Hurricanes Matthew & Florence, and all over the COVID-19 pandemic,” Eddings wrote in a assertion submitted to The Robesonian. “I have noticed the a lot of excellent things this tribe has performed though dealing with some of the most adverse conditions. I have been in a position to witness firsthand the successes and produce knowledgeable methods for foreseeable future improvements. I am very humbled to have the opportunity to quite possibly provide my persons in this new purpose and I glimpse ahead to keep on performing with the all branches of the Lumbee Tribal Federal government as we attempt to far better have interaction with the proud users of the Lumbee Tribe.”

Oxendine submitted for chairman on the initial day of the two-week filing interval.

Born in 1954 in Laurinburg, Oxendine graduated from Pembroke Point out University in 1973 and entered the United States Marine Corps’ Officer Applicant Faculty, according to biographical info submitted to The Robesonian. Commissioned in Could 1974, Oxendine went on to comprehensive an in depth military services vocation that spanned two a long time.

Oxendine expended the following period of his job in the defense sector, which bundled serving as a theater air and missile defense systems engineer for additional than 20 many years.

An specialist in command-and-management methods and theater air and missile protection, Oxendine started off RNB Systems, Inc. in July 2000, and he is presently president and CEO of RNB Holdings, Inc.

Oxendine served as the COO and later on as vice president for Operations of Lumbee Tribe Enterprises, LLC 2012-2020, and created the 8(a) Method for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

He is married to Tina Rose Locklear and they reside in Maxton. They have 3 daughters, Jerzie Locklear of the house, Brittany Lowery of Aberdeen, and Blaine Reyes of Alexandria, Virginia.

Oxendine’s is operating for tribal chairman to provide the customers of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and provide an objective organization method to the tribal govt, in accordance to his biographical details.

His solution to leadership is “honesty,” “integrity,” “proven results” and “openness.”

1 seat every single is up for election in Tribal Council districts 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 14.

Billy Oxendine and Audrey Hunt filed for the District 1 seat held by Carvicous Barfield, who did not file for reelection.

Billy Oxendine reported he is functioning for “our citizens of Robeson County and all the District of The Lumbee Tribe,” he wrote in a statement submitted Wednesday to The Robesonian.

“I have submitted for District 1 seat with your all’s belief and assistance it would be an honor to signify our district,” he wrote. “By working collectively, we can all be winners at the table.”

Hunt, who filed Friday, did not post biographic data to The Robesonian.

Jody Bullard and Kindra Locklear are trying to get election to the District 4 seat held by Ted Woodell. Woodell also opted out of submitting for reelection.

Locklear is the granddaughter of Sanford and Helen Locklear, and the daughter of Michael and Sharon Locklear, in accordance to biographical details despatched Friday to The Robesonian. She resides in the Philadelphus community with her “wonderful” husband and two small children.

“My family and I go to Prospect United Methodist Church,” her submission reads in element.

Locklear is a plan manager for Arctic IT. She worked at UNCP for 12 many years as an IT portfolio manager. She received her bachelor’s degree in American Indian Experiments, and a master’s diploma in general public administration from UNCP.

She is a member of the Alpha Pi Omega Sorority and is a 2018 UNCP Governor’s Award for Excellence nominee.

“I proudly stand with an bold desire to serve my people,” she wrote in a statement. “I am jogging for Tribal Council mainly because I want to be a voice for my Lumbee individuals. I will stand for what is right even if I have to stand by itself. I am fully commited to earning all items improved for my folks by means of revolutionary methods, collaboration, and transparency.”

Bullard, who filed Tuesday, is 44 several years aged and married to Kelli Bullard and together the have four girls, Kaleigh, Kensley, Kadance and Kenadi.

He retains a Bachelor of Science diploma from Western Carolina College, and is established to graduate from South College in December with a master’s in community administration.

Wendy Moore Graham submitted for reelection onto her District 5 seat. She is the sole applicant, so she will keep the seat.

Nanci Locklear is the only particular person to file for the District 7 seat. Reginald Oxendine Jr., who is finishing his next phrase, cannot find reelection.

Incumbent Dewey McNeill is the sole prospect to file for the District 9 seat that represents the Saddletree group. He will serve his 2nd phrase on the board.

District 10 will have a competitive race, with Bobby Emmanuel and Rodney Taylor vying for the seat held by Marshil Locklear. Locklear did not file for reelection.

Homer Fields and Tammy Sampson are jogging for the District 14 seat, which is held by Terry Hunt, who also did not file for reelection.

A meet up with-the-candidates celebration is scheduled for Sept. 13. Particulars will be introduced at a later date.